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Old 03-13-2012, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default Starting my electric build

It starts with a keg as the boil kettle. I will be putting a stainless pot in my rubber maid 10 gal cooler. Plan on a RIMS for the mash tun and a 5500 watt element in the boil kettle.



Do you realize how nasty a keg can get after a few years?



My buffing pad gave up about the same time as my back.



More to come.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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Got the top cut. Used a piece of rope as the guide and a grinder.



But I had to stop for a drink and dinner. This is a lme power porter carbed with dme.

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Well after I cut the treaded part off. I cut a slit up the side of the liner and I was able to pull the liner out. Then I used a sanding disc on my grinder and a saw blade to carve some of the foam out. Test fitted the pot as I went. Then I cut the handles off. I marked where I wanted my fittings. I then used a hole saw to cut the plastic. I pushed the pot in transfered the hole positions. I will tig weld the couplings in the pot and my keg on Monday.
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I think I will do a couple batches before I buy the pumps and every thing else to finish this build. So at first it may be a 3 tier then I plan to use my rod iron 55 gallon aquarium stand to make a single level system.

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Old 03-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Very cool idea. It looks nice and clean. One question; will you weld the fittings in with the pot inside the cooler? If not, how will you assemble once the fittings are protruding from the sides? Keep up the good work!

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I'm going to pull the ss pot out and weld couplers on with the body of the coupler inside the pot, and even or flush to the out side of the pot. So I will have to use a longer nipple to attach the valve and other fittings. I think I may use a food grade silicone around the top of the pot and to hold some PVC around the insulation. If I can raise the temp high enough its going to be a two pot system.

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Ah didn't even think of that!

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Im glad that you like the mash tun idea and are putting it together for such a awesome build. Keep the pics coming man.

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Im glad that you like the mash tun idea and are putting it together for such a awesome build. Keep the pics coming man.
I'm glad a saw your mash tun build. I bought two coolers but wasn't real happy about using plastic. Another plus is the slightly larger diameter of the ss pot. I'm tempted to buy another ss pot for the hlt tank. But I'm going to try to take tap water to strike temp with the rims.
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Stoked! Just used my "new" ss lined MLT yesterday and I didn't even loose a 1/2 degree over a one hour mash! This thing rocks Jakesz28, your build looks pretty nice. Thanks for the pics. I think I'd eventually like to RIMS my system too.

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